- The energy levels of an electron in a crystal can be determined by solving Schrödinger’s equation for a periodic potential and by studying changes to the electron energy structure as atoms are pushed together from a distance.
- The energy structure of a crystal is characterized by continuous energy bands and energy gaps.
- The ability of a solid to conduct electricity relies on the energy structure of the solid.
above the valence band, the next available band in the energy structure of a crystal
nearly continuous band of electronic energy levels in a solid
gap between energy bands in a solid
solid with a relatively small energy gap between the lowest completely filled band and the next available unfilled band
highest energy band that is filled in the energy structure of a crystal